in the early stages of World War II, a group of volunteer aviators made
history in the air
over China. This group…known as The Flying Tigers…became world-famous
for their victories against a superior Japanese air force.
Now, thanks to Norm Marshall, you can re-create those images of that
glorious past in your own shop by making this great replica of The Flying
Tigers’ legendary P-40…and you should be able to easily complete
it in a single, leisurely weekend. So, let’s get started.
1: Cut all pieces to size according to the List of Materials.
NOTE: Because it can be difficult to guide a workpiece with irregular
edges accurately through a resaw cut, we suggest that you start by resawing
sufficient pieces of 1/4" and 3/8” thick stock to make all
of your thinned parts (B,C,D,F,G & H) before cutting these parts to
their final profiles.
Remember too, that it’s always best to have extra resawn stock available
in case of errors…and that it’s much safer to cut small pieces
from larger pieces of stock to help keep your hands out of harm’s
way. A little extra stock is a small price to pay for this added safety
2: Fuselage. Tilt your Bandsaw Table to 5 degrees and cut
the sides of the Fuselage (A). Tape the waste stock back onto the Fuselage
and cut out your side profiles…including the Tail and Wing notches.
Round all Fuselage edges to your liking.
3: Wing. Cut out the contour for the Wing (B), then drill the 3/16”
holes in the full 3/8” thick leading (straight/front) edge for the Guns (N).
Place the wing into position in the Fuselage notch and draw a line across
the top of the Wing surface on each side, where it meets the Fuselage.
Remove the Wing and use a conventional or Contour Sanding Drum to round the leading edge slightly and thin
the trailing edge. Be careful not to sand past your lines on the top surface
of the Wing or you’ll have unsightly gaps where these two critical
parts meet. Glue six of the Guns (N) into position.
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